The first ODI in Mirpur was another live instance of the theory which supports the tremendous rise of Bangladesh in international cricket. It is now pretty obvious that Bangladesh is definitely the next big thing in international cricket, and their victories against top ranked sides should no longer be branded as “upsets”. The Bangla Tigers were in control for most of the game against India

After posting a healthy total on board, the key was to back it up with a disciplined bowling effort. That is what they exactly did as debutant Mustafizur Rahman bagged a five wicket haul. After being 95-0 at one one stage in the 16th over, things fell apart for India within the span of 30 minutes. The Indians nosedived to a colossal extent and had to receive a thrashing from the hosts. The hosts are just one game away from winning yet another historical ODI series.

A loss in the second ODI could have treacherous repercussions in the Indian cricketing circles. A series loss to Bangladesh could well mean that some seriously hard decisions would be taken. The Indians would surely want to avoid that and hence, in this article we have a look at the five things which the Indians must do in order to defeat Bangladesh.

1. Make the new ball count:

In conditions such as Bangladesh, there is hardly any assistance for the seamers. As a consequence, it becomes imperative of the pacers to strike early with the new ball. The new ball has its venom for just the first ten overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav will get the maximum assistance in the first ten overs. This is where they should bring in their expertise to strike atleast twice. In the first ODI, the openers were not troubled by the new ball and went on to provide a solid start for Bangladesh. Often, the balance of the game is decided within the first ten overs itself. The onus is on Yadav and Kumar to make that new ball count.

2. Bring in Axar Patel instead of Mohit Sharma:

Mohit Sharma clearly looked rusty and out of sorts in the first ODI. His figures in the first game read 4.4 – 53 -1. By just picking a wicket after conceding 11.35 runs per over is simply criminal. From the bowling front as well, Mohit did not threaten the batsmen at all. His solitary wicket was of Mashrafe Mortaza who went for the slog. Having Axar Patel for the second ODI makes a lot of sense. Firstly, the spinners bowled really well in the first ODI. Secondly, we need someone who can ably assist Ashwin. Jadeja does that, but he himself isn’t in the best of form. It will be ideal to rope in Axar at Mohit’s expense. 

3. Rahane must rotate strike frequently:

There is not even an iota of doubt regarding the class oozing out from Ajinkya Rahane. But somewhere down the line, Rahane has simply struggled while batting in the middle order. He gets stuck and fails to rotate the strike at will. That adds unnecessary burden on the other batsmen to take risks. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina can easily rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. But Rahane definitely struggles to do so. In the process, he eats up too many deliveries, which increases the required rate. In the World Cup semi final as well, the Mumbai batsman found it hard to milk the singles. Rahane must step up and step up big time.

4. Not fall into the obvious trap:

The Indian batsmen in the first ODI were guilty of falling into obvious traps set for them. Dhawan repeated his same old mistake of cramping himself up for room. Taskin Ahmed was given clear instructions of bowling quick to Dhawan and cramping him up. The Delhi lad had no way to counter that and was dismissed after being cramped. Rahane and Kohli too had obvious traps for them. The plan was to bowl in the good length area outside the off stump. While Kohli played a loose shot and nicked one behind, Rahane struggled to find the gaps. Mustafizur bagged five wickets, and ironically, all his wickets came on the slower one. When five batsmen are dismissed on a similar delivery, then it is a worrying sign for the batsmen. It’s clear, that the batsmen were in a hurry and couldn’t read his deliveries.

5. Others must not be over reliant on Kohli:

Now this has been another worrying sign for the Indian side. If Virat Kohli fails, the other batsmen in the middle order too follow him and are dismissed soon after. This trend reminds viewers of the 1990’s, when Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket meant that the other Indian batsmen would follow him to the pavilion as well. While chasing, it is clear that the Indian batsmen are way too reliant on Kohli. If Kohli fails, there is a sudden sense of panic within the camp and the batsmen get uneasy at the middle. In the World Cup Semi Final as well, the side lost its way once Kohli was cheaply dismissed. A failure from Kohli should be treated as an opportunity by the other batsmen to score and shouldn’t be felt in the negative way. 

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